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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Aug 9, 2013 5:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Have you forgotton what day this is?

Where were you when you heard the news?

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Aug 9, 2013 7:02am
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I was at a research conference being held in a prep school in New Hampshire (Kimbal Union Academy or something like that). A friend of mine who lived in Woostah, MA that was coming up to visit called me and asked me if i had heard the news. I rushed over to the one building that had a TV and they had CNN on. It was the big story.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Aug 9, 2013 7:22am
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I was amazed at the way the story was treated--it ruled the airwaves for days. Considering that he wasn't as renowned as, say, John Lennon, I expected that the story would fade as the day went by. Even though I hadn't seen him in concert since 1973 (okay, once in 1980), I had no idea how much he had entered into the mainstream of peoples' live. I would imagine that the coverage was strong enough to catch the ears thousands of uninitiated. Whatever my opinion of the band in its many phases, I did admire their longevity and, when they were on, to be brilliant.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Aug 9, 2013 7:30am
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I think the band, and particularly Jerry had become iconic by then, in part because of their longevity. We can debate about the quality of the music in the last 1/4 of their run but you can not debate their popularity during this period. Weren't one of the biggest concert draws each year during the late 80s and early '90s? The Grateful Dead had become cool. That Deadicated album had come out, so popular artists were playing their songs to raise money for the Amazon rainforest. They gave that money to the Lithuanian basketball team who wore those cool tie-die shirts on the medal stand. However I think they became iconic for a different reason. They were last living link to the '60s/woodstock era. All the other '60s bands were reunion things, but not the Grateful Dead. They were real and still going strong. With Jerry being the most recognizable character in the band, he became the icon. Hell he kind of still looked the part. People wanted to be part of that so ice cream flavors named after him became popular and his ties became popular. I think when he died, the one true link to that era was gone.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Aug 9, 2013 8:17am
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Agreed. It was the acid heads' circus coming to town. They were always news when they played Atlanta. But when Jerry died, it was the lead story. Other musicians usually got the last story. That's a testament to something special.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Aug 9, 2013 8:30am
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Started by our very own RIP ~ Bryan E back in '07
http://archive.org/post/141384/august-9-1995-where-were-you-when-you-heard-the-news

THANK YOU JERRY!!!!

On the good hand: My Mom turned a healthy 75 today. We're
calling it the '25 year trifecta'. Celebrate or mourn or
both...even at the same time.
I don't know, maybe it was the roses ~

(mums "funny" card):



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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Aug 9, 2013 9:35am
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Wow, 6 years on and my story hasn't changed too much. Alzheimer's isn't as bad as i thought...

Happy Birthday to Mom!

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Poster: craven714 Date: Aug 9, 2013 11:59am
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J-Low~ I mean elbow, or just "L" even~~~~
a) Rose says thanks (the other funny cards I got her were
one for a 70 year old and a card for a 5 year old. They
added up!, and the five year old card made her remember.
Just as we are today.)
b) we know you're not a politician with 6 years upon your head with the truth
c) with Alzheimer's, you get to meet new people every day
d) Monte has a 'Get Out of Bellvue Free' monopoly card in
his fanny pack (and has used it..............twice)
e) there are too many grate stories/ posts to even comment about. Then why do I? Oh yeah ~
f) the music NEVER stopped

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 9, 2013 7:55pm
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Really? I forget...

Seriously; I probably posted here once saying something profound, out of guilt, but lacking the interest in dredging it up, I will say that I am surprised so many recall it...I thought most had given up on them by then, right?

Or at least that's the view I have of most folks here; and that it wasn't until 2005/6 and the LMA that everyone "re-connected". I will say that no one emailed me about it, as hardly anyone in my current life had a clue I'd been a DEAD head in a prior existence.

Ha: actually, I did already admit this in 2007:

http://archive.org/post/141543/august-9-1995-this-will-sound-bad

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 9, 2013 11:22pm
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http://thisisnthappiness.com/post/57775093467/tricky

RIP Hunter S.

Fat Man:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c3k285zRuU

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Poster: Reade Date: Aug 9, 2013 7:19am
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I was engrossed in a book about the Dead I was checking out at a local bookstore, and was oblivious to the fact that a man in a wheelchair had rolled up. I heard a voice that said, "You too, huh?'
Startled, I looked down to see a guy who not only was missing both legs but was otherwise disfigured as well. With due respect to this individual I just couldn't imagine what had happened to him. With the general shock of this encounter, and a little confusion as to why he had picked me to come up and talk to, his initial comment just sailed over my head. We made small talk about the band for a little bit but that was it.
Later at home seeing all the news reports on television, I was no longer clueless.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Aug 10, 2013 12:42pm
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Walked into work and 3 people were at the door asking how I was. Hadn't heard the news yet.

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Poster: boltman Date: Aug 9, 2013 8:20am
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At work...my co-teacher had heard it on the radio coming in and told me that Jerry had died. Just the week before we had decided to take our teenage sons to see JGB at a local venue (Blockbuster Pavilion back then, don't know what the name is now). Had a class of 5th grade students who needed me and so I waited until I got home to focus...watched different news channels until about midnight.

I'm now a superintendent and every teacher in my district knows what Jerry Week is...

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 9, 2013 8:43am
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I was in Prague at a "rave" held by an "anarchist collective" in a decrepit building up past the castle and someone told me. I got pretty out of my head and recall walking across Charles Bridge with the sunrise and Dylan's Highway 61 on my walkman. Then went back to my apartment and played boots (on my trusty maxell tapes) for the rest of the day.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 11, 2013 7:25am
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGe_a28Bdvc

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Poster: BVD Date: Aug 9, 2013 11:50am
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Living and working in Grass Valley/Nevada City in No. Calif.At work, a co-worker told me. I did my best to shrug it off like it was no big deal. Went home Listened to Anthem of the Sun and remembered.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 9, 2013 12:12pm
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BVD, I used to live in Nevada City - off Jones Bar Road and then on campus at John Woolman school. What era were you around those parts? Used to listen to KVMR, drink at the English Pub ("Mad Dogs & Englishmen"?), and caught some cool shows, like Richard Thompson, at the Miner's Foundry. RIP Utah Phillips!

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Poster: BVD Date: Aug 10, 2013 12:25pm
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Early 9Os. Now living in Pollock Pines. Still listen to KVMR. Taking my kid to Miners Foundry in Oct. He wants to see DSO. I'm looking forward to it as well. Haven't been over there in quite some time. My wife graduated from Nevada Union H.S. early 70s. Are you still in Northern CA.?

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 10, 2013 6:29pm
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Yep (Well, Central Cal but I like to think its still NorCal). Pacific Grove; work in Monterey. When I taught at Woolman in late 80's, among the kids were Utah Phillip's stepson (who lives here and is good friend), Jonathan Richman's step son and Gary Snyder's son Kai. Spent a fair amount up on San Juan Ridge. Also spent time living in Tahoe (Squaw Valley - before the trees were helicoptered out for the condos) If ever headed this way, post a message and let me know. I've met a couple of forumites and all have been great folks

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Poster: BVD Date: Aug 11, 2013 10:55am
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Will do. Let me add if you are ever in the foothills...Is Gary Snyder still up on that ridge? Is he still with us. I remember going to a few Earth Day ceremonies and he was always there. However, that was eons ago? Didn't Utah Phillips run for prez in mid 70s?

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 11, 2013 11:47am
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Not sure what Gary is up to, but he's still alive - he's pushing 90. One of the few Beat era guys still alive.

Utah did run for Prez; his ex-wfie (my pal's mom) still runs homeless shelter/soup kitchen up that way. Ani Difranco really helped out when she recored and publicized Utah - helped with a lot of medical bills.

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Aug 9, 2013 10:50am
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I was living in my friend's closet when I heard the news

short list of "The MANY" low points in the past 20 years of my life
• ran out of money in 1992
• lived in a closet at my friend's place for two years
• worked one year in Qatar for a crook and thief based out of Denver
• worked 30 months straight on third-shift in the Denver Tech Center (w/ lots of overtime)
• walked away from my Broadcasting career in SHAME and DISGUST after 35 years
• I'm penniless. I haven't worked for pay in five years.
• My Biggest Failure was - by far - being partly responsible for The Bluegrass Hotel meltdown, laid out at the top of my compendium page. Bluegrass Alliance and Newgrass Revival alumni did a special performance in Nashville in 2008 for the big Bluegrass Convention there, IBMA. After that, on our own dime, we flew and drove into Louisville from all around the country for a rendezvous. The Executive Producer had cameras shooting numerous interviews and several live performances. We taped many hours of historic footage using at least three HD cameras. The executive producer failed to get the copyrights and waivers resolved before we did the gigs. Then it blew up in our faces! That was late 2008, five years ago. Nothing has been released. Some things never change.
But, that's what keeps me going! I've learned a lot from The Archive and all of you. Thanks.

Monte on Patrol - Aug 6, 2013
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Poster: minor9th Date: Aug 9, 2013 12:58pm
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I was on my way to work. I just crossed the Golden Gate Bridge from SF and headed to work in Mill Valley. I cried all the way in to work and then was in a daze for the rest of the day. On the way home, at almost exactly the same location that I heard the news earlier in the day going the opposite direction, I saw a sign on the back of a white Ford Econoline van that read, "Jerry's Dead - Time to take a bath." That sign brought up a multitude of feelings in me - sadness, anger, amusement, despair. Growing up in the SF Bay Area, Jerry and the Grateful Dead were huge. You either loved them or you hated them. It wasn't until after Jerry died that all this retroactive love for him surfaced in the media and in people that I knew that used to chastise me for being a Deadhead.

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Poster: TDCarowindz Date: Aug 9, 2013 4:41pm
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i had no idea that it was either a love/hate thing in SF, i would have thought everybody would have heralded the dead...thanks for sharing

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 9, 2013 8:03pm
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OMGosh, haven't you been reading this Forum? What have I been telling you for 12000 posts?

Really, on a day like this, you should really know your history.

;)

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 9, 2013 7:41am
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Drive-Thru at Taco Bell.

When I got back to work (with no food) I think I had 100 e-mails.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Aug 9, 2013 8:19am
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A lot of reconnecting with friends from the old days--bittersweet. I guess it's the way of families coming back together for a funeral.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 9, 2013 8:21am
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I often think about what it would have been like if he had passed when this place was up and running as it is now.

The server would have exploded.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Aug 9, 2013 11:25am
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Would the legend have grown or--as seen from the offshoots--diluted itself? Was it time for Jerry to go out with a bang and not a whimper?

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Aug 10, 2013 11:01pm
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Driving to work the radio played several songs in a row and none of them were Touch of Grey or Truckin. I knew right then before I even heard : ( Another weird example of Dead syncronicity or what have you that very same day the out of print laser disc ( they were still around then ) copy of Dead Ahead that I long had on special/back order arrived in the mail.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 10, 2013 7:05pm
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Sitting on my couch in my living room in Kathmandu reading the Kathmandu Post. It was on an inside page, and it kind of jumped up and slapped me in the face. So yes, it even made the news in Nepal ...

I was pregnant at the time, and while I hadn't seen the band since '82, I realized when I read the news story, which was so very FINAL, that somehow inside I'd imaged I'd dance with my baby at a show. Which I probably wouldn't have, because I'm sure I'd have just gotten a babysitter like a good well-behaved mommy, and it's not like I was anywhere close to any shows, anyway. But it was a nice picture ...

edit: Since '92. Not '82. Sheesh, my fingers have a mind of their own, and it's getting old ...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Aug 10, 2013 6:04am
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...was working as News Director at a small AAA format radio station, doubling sometimes as a DJ, playing the Dead whenever I could sneak it in...saw an item move across the AP wire on an old teletype machine...no one there but me at the time...stared at the single line, which was cold and impersonal and said something along the lines of "Guitarist Jerry Garcia found dead at rehab facility in California."

Read it 5 or 6 times, looking for some clue that it was a mistake. Details started pouring in as the day wore on. Just felt numb, at a loss.

For some stupid reason I thought nothing was going to beat Jerry after he survived the '86 diabetic coma. Thought, "well, if THAT didn't get him..." Wishful thinking on my part.

I don't think a day goes by when I don't miss him in some way, even if it's on an unconscious level.

Was explaining to my 5-year old daughter just the other day (she's been listening and singing Jerry tunes since she was 2 i.e. "Shakedown the Street" about why she can't see Jerry play in a concert..."Does Jerry have a soul, Daddy?" "Oh yes. And every time we hear him play we're hearing a part of his soul..." It got more complicated when she asked if he was in heaven...being the staunch agnostic that I am I had to explain as best I could that no one really knows if there's a heaven or not but if there is you can be sure Jerry's there...

Sorry about the tangent. I was in a small newsroom at a tiny radio station, all alone, when I got the news. Still one of the saddest days I can remember, but these days I still sneak the Dead onto the radio airwaves and have a lot of people very happy about that (and some haters not so much), but always make sure to say to Jerry, whether he can hear me or not, "Thank you...for a real good time!"

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 10, 2013 7:07pm
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That's a touching story. I can really picture that; I remember those teletype machines for the wires.

Didn't know you worked on radio ... at one point that was my goal. (Sort of.) It might have happened except for the Dead. Had a midnight college radio show, and it was very eclectic -- at first -- and then it turned into All Dead All the Time. Well, not totally, but pretty heavily. I even played Seastones. Not much of a future in radio with that kind of playlist :-)

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Aug 10, 2013 7:57pm
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Sounds like we had the same radio show in college. All I could get was the once-a-week 2-6am shift and despite my "audience" of maybe 5 insomniacs and couldn't-fall-asleep coke-heads, I loved it! Played a ton of Dead and lied about it on the sheet we were supposed to fill out for the program director (who hated the Dead--this was the mid-80's when REM was considered the epitome of cool on college radio and the Dead were frowned upon by every alternative poser with a "Cure" T-shirt)...I quickly realized he wasn't listening at 3am and so filled the overnights w/everything from Live/Dead to my cherished LP copy of "Farewell to Winterland"...got busted finally when the PD taped my show and heard what was going on and reamed me out about all the Dead cuts & tried to "fire" me but when he couldn;t find anyone else willing to work the 2-6 shift he reluctantly gave in...I told him flat out after that that I was going to play whatever the hell I wanted and that Michael Stipe was a whiny little no-talent hack who wasn't worthy of sniffing Jerry's jock strap. We didn't really speak much after that. (I actually think a lot of REM is pretty good, but this guy was such a pretentious prick and was so dismissive of the Dead that giving him shit about Stipe was the best payback I could think of at the time ;-)

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Poster: Headstrung Date: Aug 10, 2013 9:36am
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I was sitting at home in Olympia, Washington watching television when the news was announced. My girlfriend at the time was driving to Mount Rainier to go hiking with her friend and heard about it on Seattle classic rock station KZOK. She stopped and called me from a pay phone crying. I think a piece of all of us died that day. At least we have each other and our shared memories.

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Poster: TDCarowindz Date: Aug 9, 2013 9:03am
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I was at work, a co-worker came up to me with wild eyes and told me, talk about a crushing feeling, I knew the dead were over then, and the scene crashed and burned like the Hindenburg...it took me over a year to be able to play any dead, I certainly couldn't feel good at first, but it only really hits me when you hear Jerry dying on stage, that's why I have avoided so much of the ninties....just recently I have discovered some of the newer tunes...nice to have something new, even if its just because I never heard it before...its been 4 years since anyone wrote a review (goodbye) on the last show...can you believe almost no one under 36 saw they dead as we know them?

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Poster: Slewfoot_2012 Date: Aug 9, 2013 6:02am
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Will never forget...I was just waking up and a friend called to ask if I heard about Jerry. I mentioned I did in that he was back in rehab and the Fall tour was canceled...shock at first with tears to follow that night when it all sunk in.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9uyMjzmT3k

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Poster: Mooding Date: Aug 9, 2013 4:07pm
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I can't imagine that I'll ever forget.

I was riding across the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, OR on my way to work and was stopped by a raised drawbridge. My pack had a SYF patch on it and another cyclist rode up behind me and asked if I'd 'heard the news.' I asked about what and he told me, but I didn't believe him at all since the rumor mill was always rife with nonsense.

He'd said 'well it was on the radio.' I rode off.

At work, a colleague came in and said I must be really sad today and I began to wonder. So as always to quell rumors, I called the hotline and heard the saddest message I'd ever listened to there.

And, yes it seems most appropriate that there was never a Grateful Dead concert on August 9.

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Poster: CarrionCrow Date: Aug 13, 2013 4:58am
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I was in San Gironomo about 5 miles from Forest Knolls where Jerry Died and I was stunned. I had just passed an EMT course and felt so powerless. The thought that those hands would never hold a guitar again in this world was overwhelming. I was worried for everyone - his family, band mates, fans, the whole scene. My phone rang all day with calls from equally stunned friends. We were like zombies. No one I knew was prepared for August 9.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Aug 9, 2013 11:13am
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Payphone in hometown waiting for a callback!!!

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Poster: truckin52073 Date: Aug 9, 2013 4:40pm
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I was home on leave from the Navy sitting in my room listening to the radio waiting for my buddy to show up. We were going out for the day to take a road a trip and had a fresh stack of tapes I hadn't heard yet. Anyway, I heard the screeching tires of a car a few blocks away and found out we had heard the news at the same time. So, yeah...there it is ladies and gentleman.

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Aug 9, 2013 10:37am
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My wife called me at work...initially my boss made some snide remark, I turned around and walked out of the lab and went home. The next day my boss apologized - profusely...apparently the news coverage and general reaction changed his view...that and he knew I was on the verge of packing it in and moving out and he needed me more than I needed him - what a great position to be in with a job. I love working in the sciences.

I cried for about a month at the drop of a hat, eventually it slowed and I only cried when I listened to the music. What a dull grey world it had become w/o the Grateful Dead. So much brightness and color just disappeared in an instant - gone!

There is still a tiny ragged piece of faded tye-dye on the antenna of my old 4-runner.

I wonder if we'll all meet again in another life, called by something strange and mysterious that comes crying like the wind.

One of the few TDIDH days w/o a show...seems appropriate.

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Poster: thekind78 Date: Aug 9, 2013 11:49am
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"One of the few TDIDH days w/o a show...seems appropriate."
Yes! Noticed that! Sometimes the music does stop.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 9, 2013 8:07am
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Mahoney State Park between Omaha and Lincoln for the week with the family cabin "camping", hiking, swimming, horseback riding, biking, relaxing. We had just come back from the pool and I flipped on the news to check the weather. I saw the headline crawler and sat down and quietly watched for a few minutes.

I told Mrs. Mando that Jerry had died and that I wasn't hungry. She must have seen something in my eyes, because she said, "I'll take care of dinner for the kids." Then I went for a long bike ride on the bluffs above the Platte River thinking about what we had lost and how most would never know........

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Poster: snoori Date: Aug 9, 2013 11:49am
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Just got in from work when the brother-in-law phoned to condole me, but that was the first I knew. So I called a guy I traded tapes with all the time to discuss it with him. He hadn't heard so I ended up breaking the news to him.

BBC Radio 4 news carried a pretty decent obit that evening with some music, various musicians, and music historians. I've got it on tape somewhere

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Poster: Pig Street ! Date: Aug 9, 2013 6:43am
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I was at work, a lot of coworkers came up to me as if Jer & I were close friends inquiring more about him and sharing their condolences. I was actually quite relieved to know his journey on earth was over and that he did not need to struggle with addiction anymore.

I assured my coworkers that he lived a decent life and touch so many souls.They were not acquainted with his music, they were more interested about how influential he was and remains to be today.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Aug 9, 2013 11:23am
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Maui.